Daily Devotional

Luke 24:30-31

"When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight."

What's the best meal you've ever had and what made it so great? I think about the first time I had king crab legs and ate until I felt like I was going to explode. I am a huge seafood guy in general, but my mind was blown when I found out that crab legs could be “Supersized”. Now you may not be a seafood person, but odds are you have some meal that you really love. In fact, our favorite meals are so special to us that we'll spend time and energy describing and defending how great they are to others. Just think back to this past week. I imagine you had some conversation trying to convince someone to try your favorite restaurant, meal, or dessert. I know I did. I'd argue that's because the best parts of life are to be shared with others.

Truth be told, we can't help but want to share our lives with others, especially the best parts of them. It's how God designed us. And when we come to the table, we're reminded of: 1) the greatest meal in history and 2) that the table can be a place where we're willing to open up and share our lives and issues with others. Remember the Bible says, the early church, “were continually devoting themselves to…the breaking of bread…” (Acts 2:42). Transformation, learning, and understanding may all happen at the table.  

In the passage above, these two disciples didn’t recognize Jesus right away. They marveled at His teaching but don’t miss it. This wasn’t simply a matter of intellectual conviction. There was more here happening than a simple engagement of the mind. The Spirit of God pierced their hearts and souls. All of the Scripture even the Old Testament is about Jesus. Being taught about Jesus and the Bible is a good starting point, but not the same as knowing Jesus. Jesus uses this meal to reveal the truth of his identity. He constantly connects everyday life to biblical truth. The table is the place where heaven and Earth collide, a glimpse at the future Jesus has for those who follow Him. “Then he said to me, ‘Write, blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’” (Rev. 19:9).
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